Jul 21, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT
Jules Bianchi is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing weekend at the Nurburgring by finishing strongly at the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend.
The Marussia driver retired from the race in Germany due to a large engine fire before his stranded car rolled downhill back onto the track, requiring a safety car period to ensure a safe recovery of the MR-02. However, the Frenchman has higher hopes for the race at the Hungaroring.
“Spending Friday afternoon in the car at Silverstone highlighted how much I’ve missed the racing since Germany, so I’m looking forward to Hungary before we have the long summer break,” Bianchi said in a statement from Marussia. “The first part of the season has passed by so quickly and I think it is important that we have a stronger weekend in Budapest, so everyone stays focused on what we need to do during the second half.”
Despite the break being unpopular with fans, it does give teams a chance to recuperate and prepare for the second half of the season.
“Everyone deserves a good long rest as a reward for the all the hard work, but then we have to continue pushing hard to ensure we achieve our objectives for the season,” Bianchi said.
Marussia currently occupy 10th place in the constructors’ championship, just ahead of closest rivals Caterham.